Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Kokomo, IN, USA
Thanks for the pictures.
That is not at all what I was expecting. Great Pictures however!
It would seem the hitch would be so much stiffer is the center of the "X" was either welded or bolted.
As far a changing a tire, if you took that design, but then cut the long bar (that runs from the motor mount back to the ball) and welded in a coupler with a hole for a pin, like a Reese receiver, but round. Then, you would only need to unbolt the top of the "X", pull the pin, and rotate the arm out of the way, or slide it off.
Now, here is my question. This hitch design does not pull symmetrically along the longitudinal centerline of the bike. It would seem that under acceleration, it would tend to make the bike pull right and, under braking make the bike go left. I know on the pulling tractor, if the hitch is not perfectly centered, it will tend to make the tractor turn. Granted the ball is centered and it is a rigid structure, but it seems that it would make some difference putting all the stress on the right motor mount. I assume there is a clearance problem on the left side with the muffler, so that is how they solved that problem. I am just wondering if you noticed anything.
My venture hitch was similar, but had an additional diagonal brace from the cross member the ball attached to up to the upper shock bolt, and it was U-bolted to the frame the saddle bags sat in. That frame is not present on the LT.
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